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ALBANY — State officials rescinded a new mask mandate for toddlers and children ineligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 late Monday after day care providers and camp leaders joined a chorus of lawmakers demanding Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeal the federal recommendation.

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All public school districts in the state will reopen for in-person learning in September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, limiting remote classes for the 2021-22 academic year as the state’s daily COVID-19 infection rate nears 1% for the first time since last year.

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Social distancing and face covering restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 may have been eased for fully vaccinated individuals, but masks remain mandates in schools.

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VALATIE — A cluster of COVID cases at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell has expanded and no staff member testing positive has been vaccinated, according to the Columbia County Department of Health.

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On the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s mask mandate to fight the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted for fully vaccinated individuals in most settings, two additional COVID-19 deaths were reported in Greene County. A third death was reported Tuesday.

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VALATIE — An outbreak of the coronavirus has been reported at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, Columbia County health officials said.

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New York will adopt the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines starting Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press briefing Monday.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health will be vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds as early as next week.

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New York is launching its own version of a “COVID passport,” to help track who is vaccinated or COVID-free as businesses and event venues begin to reopen fully.

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HUDSON — A COVID-19 infection rate increase in Columbia County is the result of clusters and not produced by community spread, health officials said Thursday.

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ALBANY — State Health Department and Coronavirus Task Force officials are discussing adopting new federal COVID-19 guidelines for public school districts allowing 3 feet for safe social distancing instead of keeping students the typical 6 feet apart.

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TANNERSVILLE — The mountaintop community will receive about 800 vaccines, which will be administered at two upcoming clinics.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health reported Monday afternoon that an elderly Hudson-area woman died of the coronavirus, breaking a string of 11 consecutive days without a COVID-related death in the county in 2021.

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COXSACKIE — Inmate COVID-19 cases accounted for 43% of the total number of Greene County’s cases Thursday.

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HUDSON — Columbia County has two COVID cases in residents who were vaccinated against the virus, the Columbia County Department of Health confirmed Thursday.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Motor Vehicles and County Clerk’s office will remains closed until late next week for most in-person transactions after seven employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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SYRACUSE — New Yorkers ages 60 and older and government employees, nonprofit workers and essential building service workers can start to sign up for appointments to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday, officials said.

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KINDERHOOK — Some Ichabod Crane Central School District students will be receiving more in-person instruction.

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HUDSON — A clinic at the firehouse Saturday designated for at-risk Hudson residents over the age of 65, particularly in the 2nd and 4th Wards, vaccinated 100 Hudson residents. While the clinic was successful, local representatives got in a stir over who was included in the organizing.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement on Friday held a forum that was part press conference to talk about immigrant workers who have been excluded from COVID-19 relief.

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HUDSON — Columbia County on Friday reported its first confirmed case of the UK variant of COVID-19.

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ALBANY — State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker deflected or would not answer specific questions at a rescheduled legislative budget hearing Thursday about an ongoing federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID-19 nursing home policies and total facility virus deaths the…

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New cases of more transmissible variants of COVID-19 have not been discovered in the Twin Counties as mutations of the virus continue to spread across the state and the Capital Region, officials said Monday.

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Next week’s federal deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to face additional national delays because of persisting snow storms, ice and frigid temperatures simultaneously impacting several U.S. states, officials said Friday.

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ALBANY — Many state Democrats publicly joined Republicans’ cries Friday for an independent investigation into the state’s delay in releasing COVID-19 death data in New York nursing homes and rescinding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s broadened authority lawmakers granted at the start of the coronavirus …

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ALBANY — New Yorkers should anticipate state websites to become overwhelmed this weekend when up to 3 million additional people with underlying conditions become eligible to schedule an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine, officials said.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.

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ALBANY — The state Health Department must release COVID-19 data reported by New York’s nursing home operators within five business days after a state Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of a Capital Region senator’s lawsuit Wednesday to force the department to release the records.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health reported three new COVID-related deaths Tuesday. The deaths bring the total number in the county to 75 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Local pharmacies have started vaccinating residents about one month after the Twin Counties received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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WATERTOWN — New York state will receive early reimbursement from the federal government for COVID-19 vaccine distribution costs, with an advancement of more than $450 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

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ALBANY — The state Department of Health published almost half the total number of New York’s total COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, according to a report from the state attorney general’s office released Thursday morning, which the department confirmed later that afternoon after releasing t…

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Greene County officials are joining their Dutchess County counterparts in a call for greater vaccine availability to residents with disabilities.

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Three more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the Twin Counties on Monday including one in Columbia County and two in Greene.

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HUDSON — Schools in the State University of New York system are gearing up for the start of the spring semester with new COVID requirements in place.

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ALBANY — New York has used up all of the vaccinations it has been given so far.